|Sent on:||Saturday, September 29, 2012 7:21 PM|
With our kayaking season coming to an end it's with a saddened heart that we discuss the news of the kayaker drowning on Lake Newell . Reports from the Brooks RCMP stated that the male kayaker was wearing a ill fitting PFD (lifejacket). Weather reports for that day stated there were strong winds that at the time when the body was found the water was reasonably calm (no whitecaps) but was quite windy in the afternoon prior.
So with this I felt it was important to just touch base on the subject of safety. I ask everyone before they go out to make sure they have the proper safety equipment. The equipment that were mandated to carry by Transport Canada is a PFD, a bailing device, a whistle, a 15 m boyant heaving line. Also a spare paddle and waterproof light. With the cold temperatures of water that we experience here in Alberta and in the mountains I can not stress enough the importance of wearing your exposure gear (dry suit, wetsuit). It is also very important that we have the proper training to deal with emergencies on the water whether that be getting back into or helping someone else into a capsized kayak. Calling for emergency help or simple first aid. I also asked if that all possible that we don't kayak alone and we go in groups.
Always wear your PFD, always have your safety gear, always leave a float plan.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family.